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Lamenting Failure
God is doing something bigger and better than your project.
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projects. One thing that greatly helped me was spending time in the Psalms. The raw honesty of the Psalms fed my soul during that time of failure. I could
...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés
Be careful that you don’t find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Be careful that you don't find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
When Ministry Is Unfair
A better question than “Why me?”
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heal my knees. I no longer burst into tears when life hurts me, like I see my children do. And in growing up, I've lost some honesty. Now, my first response
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
However, her honesty ignited in me a desire to do everything possible to ensure that none of our current or future staff members will confront a similar crisis.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
Called into Ministry. Then one day, just over one year after graduating college, God called me into ministry. I was frightened but intrigued. What could God possibly do with me?
Andy Crouch: The Honesty of Artists
The practice of any vocation at the highest level requires honesty.
Thank God for Quirky Churches
Boring churches won’t change the world. But the quirky ones might.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If your church causes churchy people to shake their heads in confusion at the way you do things, we celebrate you. Quirky Is About Honesty and Boldness. That requires honesty.
I Voted Clinton. He Voted Trump. We Still Do Ministry Together.
How my right-hand man and I reconciled our political differences for the sake of our church.
congregation: freedom. They can trust that honesty will be met with love and that political disagreements are reconcilable for the sake of ministry. Jill
God Lives in the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days
We need more leaders who are willing to say they don't have all the answers
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have the answer. But mercy sakes. That takes guts, right? Humility. Honesty. Willingness to stare in the face of our own pain and doubt. It's hard to get
Pastors in Recovery
Admitting an addiction has its risks ... and real ministry benefits.
do that.". Systemic Semi-Honesty. Serving in else can. Honesty about vulnerability and addiction is a critical part of being in relationship with God. "Our communities
Finding Communal Joy in Lament
Let’s sing the Lord’s song in a strange and troubled land
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situation. As the majority of psalms reveal, a true lament complains loud and long to God with honesty that leaves no room for polite self-consciousness.
Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
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That honesty will open up doors to help prevent anything from happening. It may preserve your career, and it might save your ministry from heartbreak.
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
Honesty. It does worse than nothing to look at something broken and say it is not broken. This honesty builds trust, a confidence that just maybe, the clock isn't beyond running again.
Please Stop Saying ‘It’s Just the Way I Am’ to Excuse Mediocrity In Ministry
If anything hinders our ability to do what God has called us to do, we don’t have the option to let it slide.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
a people person. And texting may never be an essential tool. But most are universal. Honesty is no excuse for rudeness, for example. And if you were
Know Your Audience: 8 Principles for Speaking Effectively in Any Situation
Speaking effectively has more to do with how well you listen than how much you talk.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Speaking effectively has more to do with how well you listen than how much you talk.
9 Reasons Pastors Should Say ‘I Don’t Know’ More Often
We think we’ll lose people's trust if we don’t have all the answers. The opposite is almost always true.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
We think we'll lose people's trust if we don't have all the answers. The opposite is almost always true.
Church Members Don't Want a Hero, They Want a Pastor
According to an informal poll, church members' expectations for their pastors are healthier and more balanced than you might think.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For three reasons. Church members aren't looking for super-pastors, they want basic pastoral competence, honesty and leadership. First, it's a really healthy list.
Equipping Women for Ministry
An interview with Sue Edwards, associate professor of educational ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary
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see today. I think that's what they would get in my classes. We've got to be real about things that are going on, create an ethos of honesty. Too many churches
5 Lies Pastors are Tempted to Tell – And How to Resist Them
No one wants bad news. So we're tempted to downplay the negatives, up-sell the positives and call it faith.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
No one wants bad news. So we're tempted to downplay the negatives, up-sell the positives and call it faith.
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